Policy: ANU art collection
- It is the policy of the ANU Art Collection to build and maintain a collection of excellence which reflects significant developments in Australian art and to promote a broader understanding of visual culture with special reference to the University's educational and outreach priorities.
- Recognising that The Australian National University is the owner and custodian of a significant part of Australia's cultural heritage, it is the policy of the Collection to:
- acquire works of art of demonstrable excellence and significance within the perceived developments of contemporary Australian art;
- develop a major public art collection for the purpose of demonstrating the University's commitment to the study, patronage and advancement of the visual arts;
- foster a general awareness and understanding of the visual arts among the University community and members of the general public through education and other outreach activities.;
- enable research on the visual arts and support the teaching programs of the University;
- acquire works of art suitable for the purpose of enhancing the public areas, both buildings and grounds, of the University; and
- provide a high standard of curatorial care and management of a major University and national asset.
- In respect of acquisitions, it is the policy of the Collection:
- to purchase works of art by significant contemporary Australian artists;
- to acquire recent works of significant contemporary Australian artists who are already represented in the Collection with earlier works and of those artists who have specific links with the ANU;
- to ensure that outdoor sculpture is acquired for campus grounds at least every three years and that the commissioning of sculptures for specific sites is included;
- to give special consideration to the acquisition of at least one significant work by an emerging Australian artist every year;
- to ensure that the Collection demonstrates a commitment to fair representation of Australian women artists;
- to ensure that a particular opportunity to acquire an exceptional work of art is acted upon;
- to encourage gifts to the Collection with a view to enhancing its general congruence.
- In respect of de-accessioning, it is the policy of the Collection that:
- such action is only considered in exceptional circumstances;
- all art objects at the ANU are deemed to be owned by the ANU and none can be de-accessioned without following the procedures and guidelines under this policy;
- the ANU Drill Hall Gallery and Art Collection Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Collections Officer, reviews all proposals for de-accession under the guidelines for this policy.
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|Title||ANU Art Collection|
|Purpose||This procedure sets out the mechanisms relating to the ownership, management and curation of the ANU art collection, the operation of the ANU Drill Hall Gallery and the establishment of an advisory committee. The membership of the Advisory Committee has been expanded to include representation from ANU Heritage and an indigenous representative.|
|Topic/ SubTopic||Buildings & Grounds - Art Collection|
|Effective Date||6 Sep 2019|
|Next Review Date||5 Sep 2022|
|Responsible Officer:||Director, Drill Hall Gallery|
|Contact Area||Drill Hall Gallery and University Art Collection|
On 9 April 2021, the ANU Council assigned authority to approve academic policy to the Academic Board.